1 - The leadoff hitter is a player who can get on base. Preferably with speed so they can steal second to be driven in by the power-hitters coming up.
2 - Must be a good contact hitter. Too much power from the number two hitter is rare.
3 - A combination of contact/power. Generally the best all-around hitter. A player who can hit a fair amount of home runs with a good .300 batting average.
4 (Clean up) - The most powerful hitter, who can really drive the ball for a good amount of homers/doubles.
5 - Should possess decent power. Not as much as #4, but should be able to get the job done if the clean up hitter can't.
6 - The last line of defense before the weaker #7 and #8 batters get up.
7, 8 - Generally the weakest hitters on the team.
9 - One of the most important hitters in the line up. Generally, these guys are the second fastest on the team and can hit well. Not exactly home runs, but decent base hits. This way, if they can get on, then you have the top of the line up to drive him in. However, in a league that does not use a designated hitter, such as the National League, the pitcher will hit in this position, as he is usually the worst hitter on the team (as he will only play once every five games and focuses on pitching.) The pitcher will usually bunt
** It should be noted that this is all a matter of opinion and personal strategy from the manager. Anyone who has ever seen a Tony LaRussa lineup card could attest to this. The above is a "reference point" for someone to start with. I dont exactly agree with what was said about the #9 batter (but like i said before it is all personal preference)
A batting lineup or batting order in baseball consists of nine players. The order of the batting order is determined by the manager of each team and can change during the game if the manager replaces players. In Major League Baseball (MLB) the American League (AL) employs a Designated Hitter (DH) rule in which another player (not among the nine field players) can bat in the place of one of the fielders, usually in place of the pitcher. The National League (NL) does not employ this rule.
As far as the rules are concerned, there are no differences between the two leagues. The differences are in strategy and how to use players and mostly involve the pitcher. One tactic used in the National League is called the 'double switch'. This usually occurs late in a close ball game when the pitcher is due up to bat in the following inning. When a manager comes out to remove a pitcher sometimes he will also remove a fielder. Usually, this fielder has batted in the previous inning, maybe even made the final out of the inning. Since the manager has replaced two players, he may designate where the players will bat in the batting order. So the manager will place the new fielder in the batting position of the pitcher and the pitcher in the batting order of the replaced player. That allows the new fielder to bat in the next inning and places the pitcher to bat much later in the order.
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